No matter what you do with your professional career, there’s one thing that truly makes a difference: courage. It takes courage to face your fears, no matter how big or how small. There’s one man who values courage so much, he spent 3 years shadowing the most courageous people on Earth to learn how they became who they are – it’s the latest podcast guest, Ryan Berman! Episode #53 of the Wild Business Growth Podcast is HEEEEERE and features the founder of Courageous and bestselling author of Return on Courage. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and your other favorite audio platforms – subscribe and leave a 5-star review if you’re feeling courageous enough!

What is the Wild Business Growth Podcast?

Hear how entrepreneurs & innovators unleash creativity to grow bigger and better businesses. Hear from an exciting new guest every single Wednesday morning who’s turning wild ideas into wild growth. Guests include startup founders, product inventors, social media influencers, and much more. Hosted by our digital marketing dude Max Branstetter – that’s me!

Episode #53: Ryan Berman – Courage, Creativity, i.d.e.a.s, and Sock Problems

Ryan Berman, the Founder of Courageous, Sock Problems, i.d.e.a., and Fishtank joins the show to share his journey from Chief Creative Officer to Bestselling Author of Return on Courage. Ryan first heard of the Wild Business Growth Podcast after his friend and former colleague Stephanie Liu appeared on our show. She posted my Instagram Stories promo video for the episode on LinkedIn and tagged Ryan, challenging him to break her records for alliteration, tongue noises (yep!), and more. He mayyy not have broken those records, but he still completely blew me away. Ryan is one of the most creative, ambitious, caring, and yes – courageous – leaders you’ll ever hear from. This episode covers everything from why courage is so important for business to lessons from the 3 years he spent shadowing astronauts, Navy SEALs, business executives, and more. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • Ryan’s interest in TV and advertising from an early age
  • His campaigns for the MLB and U.S. Ski and Snowboard
  • How to be more courageous
  • His favorite interview from Return on Courage
  • Why you should google “viral”
  • The soap with a shark fin on it
  • How to become fluent in metaphor
  • What Ryan would name his cruise ship if he had one

Connect with Ryan at,, and his book on Amazon and Audible.

Enjoy the show and sock those problems! Check out the show notes and pictures below for much more detail.

Show Notes

Ryan Berman Return on Courage Wild Business Growth Podcast Hippo Direct

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